Latest Evolution of language Stories
Two separate, recently published studies are shedding new light on how humans developed the ability to produce and understand speech, and what factors contribute to the development of language during infancy.
It is common knowledge that most humans think before they act. A new study, published in the journal Science, makes the case that this cognitive ability can also be found in the fruit fly.
A genetic defect that profoundly affects speech in humans also disrupts the ability of songbirds to sing effective courtship tunes.
Researchers have designed a method that can universally test for evolutionary adaption, or positive (Darwinian) selection, in any chosen set of genes, using re-sequencing data such as that generated by the 1000 Genomes Project.
A new study backs up previous claims that women are more chatty than men because the region of the brain that processes communication is bigger than in a man's. However, the new study also finds another reason women are more chatty.
Male rat pups have more of a specific brain protein associated with language development than females.
Scientists studying how songbirds stay on key have developed a statistical explanation for why some things are harder for the brain to learn than others.
Babies' ability to detect complex rules in language outshines that of adults
Can the song of a small bird provide valuable insights into human stuttering and speech-related disorders and conditions, including autism and stroke?
Researchers have found that infants, through their daily experience with language, learn and understand the meanings of words for foods and body parts.
- A person in a secondary role, specifically the second most important character (after the protagonist).